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Implications of Honeywell Process Solutions Performix Acquisition – Briefing Note

By: Sandra K. Rodriguez, Sr. Industry Analyst

Axendia was recently briefed by Shawn Opatka, Vice President Life-Sciences and Sham Afzalpurkar, GM Life-Sciences at Honeywell Process Solutions.  This business unit is part of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies, with over 13,000 global employees and operates in 120+ countries world-wide and has 30 years of experience providing solutions to the Life-Sciences industry.  They include controls and automation, lifecycle services, process measurement and thermal solutions.

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Honeywell and Performix MES

With joint wins and projects in both pharmaceuticals and food & beverage, the acquisition of Performix made sense to Honeywell.  “Performix has been a great partner and the timing was right. We’ve already show great success,” said Opatka.

“We have upgraded our solution stack to the latest technologies to support HTML5 touchscreen tablets and in late 2017, we spent quite a bit of time to make sure that it is cloud enabled in any environment. Historically, we saw pharma customers typically have a single instance in every plant – which is a huge infrastructure cost with every plant going through their own validation process. As of 2019, we can now support multi plants on in single instance,” explained Afzalpurkar.

As a result of Performix’ long-term relationship with SAP, the solution became available in the SAP app center in October 2019.  In March 2020, the solution was integrated with Honeywell Experion using APIs and the December 2020 release including capabilities for electronic logbooks and electronic procedures.  “Everyone is trying to figure out the best way to deliver a cloud solution that integrates with the devices on the floor. So, we started with the weigh and dispense module.  As a result, we built an edge component that connects to the weigh scales and other assets, so it becomes much easier and a much more compelling solution for somebody who’s connecting their devices on the floor,” said Afzalpurkar.  In the future, Performix will support integrated recipe authoring for MES and DCS, as well as an enhanced cloud offering including multi-tenant SaaS.

Digitizing Batch Process Manufacturing and Enforcing Compliance

“FDA cGMP requirements is in our blood, it’s how we started,” said Afzalpurkar.  The key requirements of Honeywell MES (Performix) came from Pfizer and Dow Corning.  “Because of this, our weigh and dispense and electronic logbooks solutions are all driven by libraries that we have built in and validated,” explained Afzalpurkar.

The modular applications available in Honeywell MES include Master Batch Records (MBR), Electronic Batch Records (EBR), Weigh & Dispense and Electronic Logbooks and Procedures. Honeywell’ MES also has a native integration to SAP.

In Brief

In addition to owning and operating manufacturing facilities, Honeywell is in the process of building a GMP facility that will manufacture an API for one of its top 20 Pharma customers. The company will use its own technology and solutions to run the facility. With the acquisition of Performix, Honeywell is positioning itself to focus on all major geographic areas including North America, India, China and Asia Pacific; and, on batch industries including Pharma/Biologics and Food & Beverage.

We will continue to provide updates on Honeywell Process Solutions as they become available.

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